It’s a new normal, but one that evokes a return to community life. Rebecca Hersh, executive director of Main Street Highland Park, announced that the Farmers Market on Friday, June 5, 11 a.m to 2 p.m., is transitioning back into the more “normal” walk-up market, with lots of safety and social-distancing measures in place.
“There are important restrictions in place for now, but I am so pleased that the Farmers Market – so much a part of Highland Park’s life – remains alive and vibrant. I want to thank everyone who made this possible – the vendors, Highland Park officials, the Highland Park Police Department, and of course, our community members who support our downtown activities,” she said.
SOME OF THE UPDATED MARKET RULES INCLUDE:
- Shoppers can now buy onsite, but online pre-ordering and pre-paying is still available for most vendors –and it is encouraged to reduce person-to-person contact. Vendors with online pre-ordering systems can be found here, WWW.MAINSTREETHP.ORG/FARMERSMARKET
- HP Food Pantry vouchers, senior vouchers, WIC vouchers, and St. Peters vouchers can now be used to make walk-up purchases at the market.
- No more drive-thru format; shoppers must park and walk into the market.
- No touching of any of the products; shoppers must request assistance from vendors.
- Capacity limits will be enforced to avoid crowding. Volunteers will restrict entry when capacity is reached.
- MASKS MUST BE WORN to enter the market and must remain on the entire time you are in the market.
- NO PETS except service animals.
- Please bring as few people with you as possible. Families are not prohibited, but leave extra family members home if you can.
- MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE. Stay six feet apart from others within the market grounds.
Harry Solomon contributed to this story.